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Why Meet with a Psychologist?

Adapting to changing circumstances can be challenging. During such times of transition, many people may consider seeing a psychologist. A life transition can be triggered by events beyond our control or the realization that we need to make significant changes to live more purposefully. Some life transitions, such as graduating from university, getting married, becoming a parent, advancing professionally, or beginning retirement, can bring value to our lives yet still come with unique stressors. Other life transitions, such as the loss of a relationship, a serious or chronic illness diagnosis, the death of a loved one, empty nesting, entering midlife, or aging, can raise questions concerning our future and leave us uncertain about how to best move forward. Psychologists can help people dealing with difficult life transitions respond more effectively.

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What to Expect during your First Psychotherapy Appointment?

We will discuss your reasons for seeking services at this particular time and your overall goals. I will ask you several questions about your history and current circumstances to help me better understand you and your situation. We will discuss potential avenues for achieving your goals, along with your preferences in psychotherapy. All services will be kept confidential and in accordance with the standards of practice established by the College of Alberta Psychologists.

What are the Benefits of Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy encourages people to describe their lives in profound detail. It asks people to take stock of how they understand their struggles by exploring the events that shape their current situation. It strives to clarify the future people are hoping for and the future they fear. Psychotherapy assists people in considering their values more deeply as well as the beliefs they hold about the world and others. It shifts people's attention toward their emotional reactions, providing them with enhanced information for better understanding themselves and maintaining relationships. It explores meaning and meaninglessness and enables people to discover how to create an inspired yet realistic new vision of life in a changing world. It encourages people to notice how they make choices and how those choices influence who they are and the person they will become. Psychotherapy enables people to take back authority and stand their ground with conviction and empathy for others. It teaches people to trust their "gut" and create self-reflective awareness and communication habits. 

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“We are all meaning-seeking, meaning creating creatures and when we experience the loss of meaning, we suffer.”

- James Hollis

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